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Your daily jolt: GPB producer resigns over hiring of Chip Rogers

News that former state Sen. Chip Rogers has been given an executive position at Georgia Public Broadcasting with a hefty starting salary of $150,000 has prompted the resignation of a longtime executive producer at the network.

Click here to read the resignation letter from Ashlie Wilson Pendley to GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan, sent to us this morning by Bryan Long of Better Georgia. Here’s the meat:

I know that you have faced a variety of challenges and difficult decisions in the last four years since you assumed leadership of GPB. I’ve witnessed four rounds of layoffs. I’ve watched the outsourcing of the sales staff, the IT helpdesk and most recently, Master Control operations. I have loyally accepted stagnant wages for the last five years, even while the cost of my benefits has increased- even in the times when furloughed- because I believed GPB was an organization that was worth the sacrifice and the hard work.

In December, it became public that GPB was hiring …

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How to survive a mass shooting: Alabama’s video advice

Alabama’s Department of Homeland Security has released the above six-minute video on how to survive a mass shooting incident.

The sobering video is more disturbing than graphic, but the advice seems sound.

Two things to note as you watch: First, the lack of a deus ex machina. No one comes to the rescue with a pocketed firearm. The possibility isn’t even addressed. Secondly, you have to wonder what the grade-school version would look like.

From the Associated Press:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has released a video that instructs people on what to do in the event of a shooting like the one at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Gov. Robert Bentley asked Alabama Homeland Security officials to develop a strategic plan for dealing with such incidents after a gunman killed 20 students and six adults Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The shooter also killed himself.

The release of the video comes as Alabama officials seek …

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Win any election, and win the right to pack hidden heat

With the Legislature in a weeklong recess, we have the opportunity to examine details of several bills that have escaped scrutiny.

A Gwinnett County reader pointed us to SB 102, another measure to redefine where concealed weaponry may and may not be carried in Georgia.

Name the political body you would most want to see packing concealed heat in Georgia:

  • Senate Republicans
  • Lieutenant governors
  • House women’s caucus
  • Atlanta Board of Education
  • Cobb County Board of Education
  • City of Dunwoody planning and zoning board (All right, it’s not elected, but still.)

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The bill passed the Senate last month on a 41-11 vote, and now in House committee. Most significantly, the bill would permit those properly licensed to carry concealed handguns in churches, synagogues and mosques. Such sacred ground is currently off-limits.

But there was one amendment to SB 102, sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, that might have …

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When the gunfights return, churches — and maybe campuses — will be in the crosshairs

It is possible, though not certain, that one of the first real differences you may notice between Gov. Sonny Perdue and his successor, Nathan Deal, will come on a Sunday. In your church pew.

If the fellow with the hymnal next to you has tucked a .45 under his armpit, you’ll know there’s been a change.

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal, right, and the exiting Gov. Sonny Perdue. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal, right, and the exiting Gov. Sonny Perdue. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com

Believe it or not, many gun enthusiasts — the hardcore, anyway — will breathe a sigh of relief once Georgia’s first Republican governor in modern history leaves office next month.

It was Perdue who, this spring, vetoed a bill that would have explicitly given those who hold concealed-weapons permits the right to carry their firearms in unsecured areas of the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

During this year’s sweeping rewrite of the state’s gun laws, it was also Perdue who insisted that places of worship remain on a shrinking list of public venues where …

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Your morning jolt: Lawyer indicted in Glock fraud was federal prosecutor, GOP candidate for AG

One of three men indicted by a Cobb County grand jury on Thursday, on charges of trying to bilk Smyrna-based gun maker Glock of $3 million, is a former federal prosecutor and 1998 candidate for attorney general.

Jim Harper, now 55, was a Republican in a primary contest ultimately won by David Ralston of Blue Ridge, who is now House speaker. Harper was released from the Cobb County jail on $100,000 bond.

Harper came in fourth in a GOP field of the same number. Ralston was defeated in the general election by Democrat Thurbert Baker.

Harper worked as a prosecutor under U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander. An article from the AJC archives includes these paragraphs:

During the past year, Alexander oversaw a heated personnel dispute involving Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Harper, an ex-Marine who once prosecuted cases in the office’s drug division.

Earlier this year, Harper accused Buddy Parker, the former head of the drug division, of compromising an ongoing FBI investigation by leaking …

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